Friday, November 13, 2009
November 11th was a beautiful day and a very clear starlit night but it also became a sad day as the world lost a courageous person. Penny Van Beek who asked me to make a quilt for Minnesota Ovarian Cancer a few years ago has passed away. The quilt Blooming Hope that is shown in an earlier post is the quilt that we came up with for their raffle. Recently, as I was working on a new pattern I needed a name for it. My patchwork quilt Penny Cove was also named after her as a way to send hugs across the ocean. My cousin Arlette Carlson also was battling this cancer at the same time as Penny and she also lost her life recently. This cancer is often found too late to treat successful but with research we are slowly making progress. May we all continue to support research to help in the treatments so that the suffering that goes on with this disease can be lessened.
Here he is in all his glory. A gorgeous parrotfish down among the coral. The second quilt in my Under the Sea series. The parrotfish is a relative of the colorful wrasses that are also tropical fish. Where do the beautiful coral sand beaches come from? Well part of it comes from the parrotfish who scrapes off the algae on the coral and also some of them munch up the coral and what they excrete becomes sand!!! Now aren't you glad that you have learned that? I completely fused and machine appliqued this little wall hanging but it certainly can be done with hand applique for those that choose. If you want to purchase this pattern please visit my web site.